Strawberry whipped cream cheese spread

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Strawberry whipped cream cheese spread will take your bagel over the top.  Made with whipped cream cheese, a bit of whipped cream, and freeze-dried strawberries it’s fluffy and flavorful and a delicious treat. 

Homemade strawberry whipped cream cheese spread on bagels

Strawberry whipped cream cheese spread

Is there anything better than a giant carton of einstein’s bagels on the break room table with a spread of whipped cream cheese spread “schmears” to choose from?  It’s seriously a boss’s secret to happy employees for at least a day.  

That “schmear” is out of this world delicious.  I’ve been trying to replicate for awhile without much success. I’ve tried fresh strawberries and strawberry jam. 

homemade strawberry whipped cream cheese spread on bagel close up

Fresh strawberries tasted great, but they made the whipped cream cheese spread flat and liquidy.  The jam help up better, but I didn’t love the flavor and I still thought it could be fluffier. 

The secret ingredient for light and fluffy strawberry whipped cream cheese spread

freeze dried strawberries used to flavor homemade whipped cream cheese spread

Enter: Freeze-dried strawberries.  

I had tasted freeze-dried fruit before, but I didn’t think much of it’s potential uses and considered it a food storage only item, not something people really want to eat.  

Little Girl stirring homemade whipped cream cheese spread

Then I ran into this recipe using freeze-dried strawberries in a frosting to help it maintain it’s shape and I thought EUREKA! I think my whipped cream cheese spread woes are coming to a close. 

I tried out my recipe, ad voila.  Homemade strawberry whipped cream cheese spread was born to make the perfect homemade companion to my homemade bagels. 

What exactly are freeze-dried strawberries? 

The process of freeze-drying involves putting food in a super strong vacuum and sucking out all the moisture.  It’s how astronauts kept their food good in space so you can feel ultra-cool and sci-fi when you use it. 

Most of the time you rehydrate food before you use it, but in some instances it works great to use it dry.  (like this strawberry whipped cream cheese spread recipe)

Some other fun facts.  Freeze drying is relatively healthy, AND it effects the flavor of the food less than other preservation methods (like dehydrating).

Why use freeze-dried strawberries instead of fresh?

Moisture, yo!

homemade strawberry whipped cream cheese spread on a spatula

Moisture can often be the enemy in cooking, and especially in anything you want to hold it’s shape.  Freeze-dried strawberries allow you to get concentrated strawberry flavor in your whipped cream cheese spread without making it a runny mess.

Where can I find freeze-dried strawberries?

Freeze-dried food must be having a moment because I have had no problem finding it at my local grocery store.  At my store it’s located in the snack foods section near the beef jerky and canned nuts. Trader Joe’s also carries several different varieties of freeze-dried fruit. 

Don’t let this strawberry whipped cream cheese spread recipe limit you, the sky is the limit here.  My grocery store also carries freeze-dried raspberries, mangoes, blueberries, pineapple, bananas.  You could try any of these flavors in your homemade whipped cream cheese spread to switch it up.  The mangoes are seriously delish, so I might be tempted to try that route. 

Why do I need to add cream to homemade whipped cream cheese spread?

whipped cream cheese spread after whipping

Adding just a little bit of whipped cream really helps to add height and airiness to your whipped cream cheese spread.  No matter how long I whipped the cream cheese it just wasn’t getting the height and fluffiness of einstein’s “schmears”  the whipped cream helps get closer to that light and fluffy texture I was going for. 

whipped cream being added to whipped cream cheese spread

Strawberry whipped cream cheese spread recipe

Strawberry whipped cream cheese spread

Strawberry whipped cream cheese spread

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Strawberry whipped cream cheese spread is better than einstein's. The secret ingredients (freeze-dried strawberries) helps give that delicious strawberry flavor without watering it down keeping it fluffy and delicious!


  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/2 C freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/2 C powdered sugar


  1. In a medium mixing bowl use a hand mixer on medium high speed to whip cream cheese until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes)
  2. In a separate bowl whip cream until stiff peaks form
  3. Add whipped cream to cream cheese and mix
  4. Using a food processor process strawberries into a powder
  5. Add strawberry powder and powdered sugar to cream cheese mixture and mix well.
  6. Spread over your favorite bagel and enjoy!


Freeze-dried strawberries can usually be found in the "snack aisle" at your local grocery store.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 2 tbsp
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 78Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 1g
Have you ever tried freeze-dried food? What’s your favorite product? Can you think of any good uses of food items you want fresh fruit flavor in but don’t want the extra moisture? I’d love to know your experiences, comment or send me a message! and get to whipping for a delicious bagel experience you don’t have to wait for “bagel day” at the office for. 

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  1. Would love to make this cream cheese spread I was wondering would this work with using 8 oz of already whipped cream cheese and 1/4 cup of half and half.

    1. Hi! I would just leave the cream out all together as the purpose of it is to make the cream cheese lighter when you whip it. Since yours is already whipped, you should be good to go. Just add all of the other ingredients! Good luck!

    1. Fresh strawberries have too much liquid in them and make the cream cheese more “runny” and less “whipped.” It will still taste good, but the texture will be compromised!

  2. This is so delicious! I actually found freeze dried mixed berries from Trader Joe’s, which is raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries so I thought I’d use that and it is so amazing!!! I’m definitely making the strawberry because I love that one from Einstein’s/Noah’s bagels

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